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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Black as a cold winter night, this beer was designed to fit the season instead of conforming to the rules of any style category. The unique blend of seemingly enless ingredients include: toasted hemp seeds, oats, malted rye, wheat, Amarillo and Citrahops and a Belgian yeast strain. Don’t be afraid of the myriad of flavors in the balanced black ale as it is deceivingly soft and sessionable especially during the dark days of winter.

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jhp40219 (449) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Aroma - Nutty and malty, fresh cooked bread, milk chocolate, hint of fruit. Different, that’s for sure. I’d give this an 8 if the aroma was amped up a bit more. Appearance - Dark brown on the pour. Held up to light, the amber red comes through a bit more, but still very dark. Small light tan head that dissipated pretty quickly. Good amount of sticky lacing on the glass though. Taste - Nutty flavor up front with a very nice roasted malt taste, dark fruit, toasted oats, slightly buscuity, creamy. The hops, (or is that hemp), comes through very well. A lot heavier tasting than most other black ales I’ve had. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear this was a porter. Palate - Very creamy with low carbonation. Like I just said, a lot heavier than most other ales. Definitely feels more like a porter. Overall - Easy to drink and strong on taste! Probably the heaviest ale I’ve ever had. I’m a big porter fan, so this one is right up my alley. Definitely worth a try for the porter and stout fans!

4
MarkSachon (1062) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2013
12 oz bottle (screw top) from Baruni’s in Baden, PA. Perhaps a tad too sweet, but overall quite enjoyable. For a black ale it holds up just fine.

4
GoldForg (12) - Hainesville, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2013
A great dark chocolate color with a thick initial head. Nutty notes and a clean finish for a dark beer.

3.9
heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Nearly perfectly black colored body with a little bit of mahogany red at the edges when held to light. There is a light khaki head on top. The nose has anise and must. There is also a little bit of walnuts and black tea. The taste is black tea with some anise. There is also some walnuts and a little bit of bread dough. Nicely made.

3.9
bluejacket74 (1996) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch tan head. The head went away kinda quickly, and there’s a good amount of of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, grain and piney hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, nuts, pine hops and some bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s smooth and a bit sticky. Medium/high carbonation, and it’s easy enough to drink. It’s a good overall beer, I enjoyed it. It wouldn’t be hard to drink a few of these at a time.

3.9
milewide (2332) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2012
Excellent brew that should be year-around! Clear black color. Above average head. Very unique flavor is a bit spicy and sweet. Enough hops to provide balance.


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